Discouraged after 10 months of job hunting, Karen Ragland doubted she'd ever find work submitting applications online or an employer who wouldn't think she was too old and overqualified.
Then Ragland, 60, discovered a website for adults over 50. She applied for a bookkeeping job posted on ComingofAge.org.
Goldberg said at least 50 people have found full- or part-time jobs through Coming of Age's job bank, and at least 130 have found volunteer work through the program. Goldberg said volunteering added so much to his life after his first career as an off-Broadway playwright and TV writer ("Kate & Allie," "MacGyver") that he decided to get other people to try it, too.
He joined Coming of Age in 2004. Under his leadership, and with AARP participation, Coming of Age has expanded to Texas, Delaware, Missouri and California. Programs in New York and Ohio will open this year.
Beryl Katz, founder of Senior Adults for Greater Education, a Richboro-based mentoring program in 37 Bucks County schools, said attending a Coming of Age training workshop for nonprofit organizations was eye-opening.
"I never really thought about the difference between somebody who is 55 and somebody who is 75 and what would resonate with them," she said.
"We went over how the different cohorts see volunteerism, what happened in history and why they have the attitudes they have. I learned you should craft your opportunity differently for different age groups."
Kathryn Canavan is a freelancer living in Wilmington, Del.